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May 19, 2014
The EC175 is Airbus Helicopters’ newest-certified rotorcraft in the seven-metric-ton class. It will demonstrate its Category A performance and mission capabilities for the oil and gas sector during a three-nation demonstration tour starting on May 19. In conjunction with the new rotorcraft’s tour of the North Sea, Airbus...
May 16, 2014
Airbus Helicopters’ attendance at the upcoming ILA Berlin Air Show will reflect more than four decades of helicopter manufacturing in Germany. Their exhibition features a range of new models such as the EC145 T2 and EC135 T3 aircraft, as well as the NH90 NFH naval helicopter and the BO105. Besides offering visitors an insight into its comprehensive service portfolio, Airbus will also showcase its...
May 16, 2014
Photo courtesy of Donaldson Donaldson Company employees are photographed with the new CH-53K heavy-lift test helicopter EDM-2 during a...
May 15, 2014
Airbus Group has delivered the 300th UH-72A Lakota helicopter to the U.S. Army. The Lakota is manufactured at the company's Airbus Helicopters facility in Columbus, Miss., where Col. Thomas Todd, Army Project Manager for Utility Aircraft, accepted the delivery. ...
May 12, 2014
Northrop Grumman and Yamaha have agreed to develop a small, unmanned autonomous helicopter system. The new system, called the Rotary-Bat (R-Bat), merges an airframe produced by Yamaha with autonomous control and...
May 9, 2014
Airbus Helicopters’ EC225 presence in the African oil and gas heli-lift market will expand following delivery of an additional workhorse rotorcraft to SonAir, which is to deploy this long-range helicopter on operations in Angola. A handover ceremony in...
May 9, 2014
Advanced Tactics has successfully completed the first flight test of the Black Knight Transformer, a modular and roadable vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft. The patented AT Transformer technology combines the capabilities of a helicopter, such as the ability to take off and land anywhere, with the capabilities of an off-road automobile. The AT Black Knight Transformer completed...
May 8, 2014
Several rotary innovations have been in development for a number of years in New Zealand and Australia. What unites them, as with any organization large or small searching to improve on that which already exists, is the constant and insatiable need for funding. But with that as a constant moderator of the rate of progress possible, take the influence of new composite materials together with the growing...
May 8, 2014
China’s civil aviation authority, the CAAC, has certified the Robinson R66 turbine helicopter on April 29. China joins more than 50 countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, Japan, South Africa, and the U.S. that have...
May 8, 2014
Sikorsky Aircraft was chosen by the U.S. Navy to build the next fleet of Marine One helicopters for the Office of the President. With the selection comes a $1.24 billion Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) contract to modify, test and deliver six FAA-certified S-92s and two trainer simulators to the U.S. Marine Corps. Covering a period of performance into late 2020, the fixed price...
May 7, 2014
The Indonesian Navy has announced its intention to purchase 16 Airbus Helicopters AS565 Panther aircraft for use in anti-submarine warfare. The medium twin-engine helicopter – a militarized version of the AS365 Dauphin – will come equipped with an assortment of specialized technology, including dipping sonar, and will be based aboard the service's SIGMA 10514-class guided missile...
May 7, 2014
Airbus Helicopters certified the Abidjan maintenance center, operated by International Aircraft Services (IAS), which will service the AS365 and AS350 models from the Dauphin and...
May 7, 2014
Bell Helicopter established cooperative agreements with Meggitt, Astronics and Eaton for systems on the company’s V-280 Valor Tiltrotor. Meggitt will provide the fuel system and Eaton will provide the hydraulic system. Astronics Advanced Electric Systems will design and manufacture power distribution...
May 7, 2014
Sikorsky Aircraft rolled out the CH-53K King Stallion on May 5 at its facilities in West Palm Beach, Fla...
May 7, 2014
Sikorsky has taken the wraps off its heavy lift helicopter that will serve the U.S. Marine Corps for the next five decades – the CH-53K. In front of a group that consisted of military leadership, members of Congress, suppliers and company employees, USMC Commandant Gen. James T. Amos revealed that “King Stallion” had emerged as the chosen name for the variant – a safe pick that taps...
May 6, 2014
A trip to one of the many aviation conferences that highlight vertical lift machines will reveal the fast-paced progress of rotorcraft technology. The desire to fly higher, faster, farther, and longer in rotary wing machines has become an increasingly important design point to many large manufacturers. The small Wichita Falls, Texas-based aviation research and development firm of Carter Aviation...
May 6, 2014
Sikorksy Matrix Technology at AUVSI Unmanned Systems in 2013. Photo by Woodrow Bellamy III It seems like autonomous helicopters or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are all the rage these days. From individual UAVs being turned into package deliverers to a swarm of small quad-copters playing the James Bond theme, it seems like there is no limit to what we’re going to ask these small rotorcraft to do...
May 6, 2014
The optionally piloted “me too” club grew by one on March 11 when Sikorsky Aircraft demonstrated its own optionally piloted U.S. Army UH-60MU Black Hawk (OPBH) for the first time. The flight took place at Sikorsky’s Development Flight Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., Sikorsky revealed in an announcement on April 21. Known within Sikorsky as the Manned/Unmanned Resupply Aerial Lifter...
May 6, 2014
With a building expectation that the U.S. Navy is on the brink of announcing, possibly in May, that Sikorsky will provide the next presidential helicopter (it is, after all, the only bidder left in a race), it seems that the first six aircraft have been slated for delivery as early as 2019. In a financial highlights summary issued by the U.S. Navy, within section IV on Investment & Development, and...
May 5, 2014
The Department of National Defense (DND) for the Philippines has begun the acquisition process for two brand new anti-submarine helicopters. It will be the first time the small republic has sought to procure helicopters for such a mission. The two anti-submarine helicopters will primarily be “ship-based with mission-essential equipment,” said Lt. Cmdr. Gregory Fabic, a spokesperson for the...
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